Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Do What You Are Called To Do
Each of us is to be willing to do anything that the Lord may call us to do — to go to the Mission Field, and equally perhaps, not to go to the Mission Field. Sometimes it may be easier to go than not to go. There are people who comfort and satisfy their consciences by doing something heroic, such as going to the heart of Africa and building a hospital. But it may not be God’s will that they should do so. It may be His will that they stay doing something drab and ordinary in this country. As Christian people, as members of the body of Christ in particular, we are to be at His disposal, to be ready to do anything He calls us to do. Those whom He calls to go and sends do a faithful work and bring glory to His name.
There has been much confusion in connection with this whole subject of Foreign Mission work, and Christ’s name has often been bought into disrepute. People who rush emotionally into the work discover their mistake when they get to the Field, and when they come home on furlough they to do not go back again, and this becomes known to those who are outside the Church. I have heard that in some countries only about one in three return to the Mission Field after their first furlough. This is so because they have been called by men and not by the Lord; the need has been regarded as the Call, or the Church has given the Call. They have never realized that we are but individual parts and members of a body, and that it is the Head who decides and calls, and that this is His prerogative, and His alone.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16, pp.174-175